Drifting States

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    Drifting States

    Les Etats nordiques

    Directed by

    Canada

    2005

    91 min

    • French

    Drama

    Christian has commited a crime, a crime of compassion. A troubled soul, he must now flee not only the law, but the deep ethical consequences of his act. The path he sets upon leads him to where all roads end : a small community by the name of Radisson, 1500km north of Montreal. Slowly, he starts his life anew among his new neighbours, a new job, a new interest in life. His story drifts along, somewhere between fiction and reality…

    Credits

    Cast
    Christian LeBlanc
    locals from Radisson
    Screenplay
    Denis Côté
    Cinematography
    Denis Laplante
    Editing
    Rafaël Ouellet
    Music
    Bohren & Der Club of Gore
    ISIS
    Production
    NIHILPRODUCTIONS INC.

    Press

    Quebec's Côté directed one of the most sublime minimalist features made anywhere with 2005's Les États Nordiques.

    Noah Cowan, TIFF co-director

    Denis Côté

    Denis Côté

    Canada

    I see the forest as a way to connect with the world sometimes, a link between civilization and the pure strangeness in the characters’ lives. That’s what Curling is all about: how to connect with the world.

    Born in New Brunswick in Canada in 1973, Denis Côté studied film at Ahuntsic College in Montréal. He began his career producing and directing over a dozen low budget shorts whilst also working as a radio presenter and film critic for the Montréal weekly newspaper Ici. In 2005 he directed his first feature LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES, that won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. BESTIAIRE screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2012. In 2013, VIC+FLO SAW A BEAR won a Silver Bear in Berlinale. JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING was selected for Berlinale Forum in 2014. In 2015, his short MAY WE SLEEP SOUNDLY screened at Toronto IFF, followed by EXCURSIONS which was selected at Le rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. His film A SKIN SO SOFT premiered in Locarno.

    Selected Filmography